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Karim Benzema hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema (right)
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema (right) celebrates scoring his hat-trick with Gareth Bale (left)

Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick to maintain his excellent scoring streak as Real Madrid eased to a 3-0 victory against seventh-placed Athletic Bilbao.

The French striker has scored Real's last eight goals, beating Fernando Morientes' club record of six on the trot set in 1999.

Benzema headed in the first two before chipping in a late third after keeper Iago Herrerin had rushed out of goal.

Gareth Bale came close with a dinked shot that landed on the top netting.

The Welsh substitute, who could be heading out of the Bernabeu according to reports, tried to catch out Herrerin but applied too much power to his improvised effort.

Despite the scoreline, it was game in which Real struggled to break down the Athletic defence.

Marcelo's early strike, which flew high over the bar, was the only effort of note before Benzema nodded in the opener from Marco Asensio's cross shortly after the interval.

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos should have made it 2-0, but fired wide before Benzema scored his second with another header, this time from a corner.

And the Real forward completed his hat-trick seconds before the final whistle when he punished Herrerin for a foray out of his area.

Athletic had plenty of possession and two good chances, with Raul Garcia and then Inaki Williams both denied by the superb reflexes of keeper Keylor Navas.

Real remain third, four points behind city rivals Atletico who have 68 points.

Earlier, Getafe recorded a crucial 3-0 win over Sevilla which saw them leapfrog their opponents into fourth spot - the Madrid-based side have never qualified for the Champions League.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1NavasBooked at 82mins
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 3Vallejo
  • 12Marcelo
  • 10Modric
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8KroosBooked at 69minsSubstituted forIscoat 70'minutes
  • 17VázquezSubstituted forBaleat 70'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 20AsensioSubstituted forDíazat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 11Bale
  • 15Valverde
  • 21Díaz
  • 22Isco
  • 23Reguilón
  • 30Zidane

Ath Bilbao

  • 13Herrerín
  • 15Lekue
  • 5Álvarez
  • 4MartínezBooked at 53mins
  • 12Berchiche IzetaBooked at 15mins
  • 6San José
  • 7Etxebarria
  • 10Muniain
  • 22GarcíaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAdurizat 76'minutes
  • 11CórdobaBooked at 3minsSubstituted forLópezat 76'minutes
  • 9Williams

Substitutes

  • 2Kodro
  • 3Núñez
  • 14Susaeta
  • 20Aduriz
  • 23López
  • 24Balenziaga
  • 25Simón
Referee:
Mario Melero López
Attendance:
60,566

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamAth Bilbao
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Athletic Club 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Athletic Club 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 3, Athletic Club 0. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Iñaki Williams (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Unai López with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Brahim Díaz (Real Madrid) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Modric.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Brahim Díaz replaces Marco Asensio.

  9. Booking

    Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mikel San José (Athletic Club).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Unai López with a cross.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 2, Athletic Club 0. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luka Modric with a cross following a corner.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Athletic Club. Unai López replaces Iñigo Córdoba.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Athletic Club. Aritz Aduriz replaces Raúl García.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Yuri.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Raúl García (Athletic Club) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Iñaki Williams with a headed pass.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Toni Kroos.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale replaces Lucas Vázquez.

  20. Booking

    Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 21st April 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona33238283325177
2Atl Madrid33208548212768
3Real Madrid33204959382164
4Getafe331412743291454
5Valencia331216538281052
6Sevilla331571154421252
7Ath Bilbao33111393640-446
8Alavés331210113542-746
9Real Betis33127143945-643
10Espanyol33119133948-942
11Real Sociedad331011123941-241
12Leganés331011123338-541
13Eibar33913114245-340
14Villarreal33812134246-436
15Celta Vigo3398164756-935
16Girona33810153446-1234
17Levante33810154761-1434
18Real Valladolid33711152847-1932
19Rayo Vallecano3377193657-2128
20Huesca33511173555-2026
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